|Heavyweight (Per 4/15)|
|Light HW (per 4/15)|
|Middleweight (per 4/15)|
|Welterweight (per 4/15)|
|4.||Marc de Bonte|
|70kg (Per 4/15)|
|3.||Robin van Roosmalen|
|65kg (per 1/20)|
Yesterday was a pretty tense day for me and a few other people, as GLORY made their Spike TV debut with GLORY 11. For me, I've been running Kickboxing-oriented sites for about five years now, which as an American can be a rather losing endeavor. Kickboxing in the United States hasn't had a fair shake in a very long time, with the rise of the UFC in the mid-90's decimating whatever was left of Kickboxing and made Mixed Martial Arts the new attraction. This meant that all of the new, up-and-coming talent moved to the new world of MMA where there was money to be made.
Kickboxing and America have a rather sordid history, as at one time America gave Kickboxing a chance and it never really caught on like it should have. Part of the problem came from the confusing rules and just how different it was from everything else. Many were talking about last night as if it were the first time on a major American television network that Kickboxing programming had aired, but that is just not true at all. Kickboxing appeared network television in the 70's, as PKA had deals with ESPN in the 80's while also making brief appearances on CBS. This continued until around 1986 or so when the PKA, like any other big Kickboxing organization, was brought down by rumored criminal ties and for being run poorly.
This is Kickboxing's plight.
Last night was Kickboxing's first real chance in America in almost 30 years, only this time things were different. There were no foot guards, no long pants, the rules are based on the modified Muay Thai and Kyokushin rules that K-1 made famous in the 90's. Of course, GLORY has a few modifications to their rules which sets them apart, including a flash knockdown rule that fans and fighters can't seem to wrap their heads around (or even know it exists!). The product that GLORY presents is big on showmanship and provides high octane action.
For many Kickboxing purists, GLORY 11 wasn't the greatest show ever, as Heavyweight is one of the most maligned classes for the hardcores, but from a pure entertainment value it was unbeatable. GLORY had to hit a home run in their Spike TV debut, which is exactly what they did. There were definitely some kinks to work out in the production, but it was a professional presentation that made other Spike TV programs, like Bellator, look that much worse. Absolutely every fight on the broadcast delivered and it was fitting that a new star was born in Rico Verhoeven.
While the ratings for this show will give us an idea of who was willing to try Kickboxing on for size, all signs tend to be pointing towards GLORY 12 pulling in bigger numbers and attracting more and more fans. The live reactions from last night all throughout social media should be telling enough, as everyone who watched GLORY 11 walked away satisfied and exciting about the sport of Kickboxing, which is all that this peddler of an obscure sport could ask for.Add a comment
Gokhan Saki is, without a doubt, one of the best Heavyweight Kickboxers in the world, who is able to piece together amazing combinations that have floored some of the best in the world. With that being said, last night Rico Verhoeven went into his fight against Saki with a perfect game plan that was able to nullify Saki's strengths. I've spoken with a lot of fans and read a lot of reactions and I seem to be seeing a lot of "bad reffing" and "Saki got screwed" talk floating around, when in fact, Saki was not screwed at all.
A careful viewing of the fight will show that Rico controlled the first and third rounds and was able to nullify most of Saki's offense while landing the cleaner strikes. Jack Slack is always a great resource when it comes to breaking down technical stuff, which always makes me happy as I used to have to do that, but having dudes like him around means that I can focus on other things. Check out his pretty great breakdown of the fight, although I do have one small qualm; GLORY has a flash knockdown rule, which states that if a strike has the force to put a fighter down, it is ruled a knockdown. Rico's punch might have missed, but the kick before it landed and put Saki onto the math, which meant it was a flash knockdown.Add a comment
My god, the drama. This fight was just amazing, as both men were putting it all on the line. Daniel Ghita looked sharp, but Rico Verhoeven came from out of nowhere and looked incredibly impressive, landing solid leg kicks that Ghita was having trouble defending. Both men were laying it all on the line and while no one touched the ground via a knockdown, both men were just on fire. You could easily argue that Daniel Ghita won a very close first round, but Rico won very close rounds 2 and 3.
Rico's leg kicks were landing more and more and while Ghita's head movement was on point, Rico still found a way to connect. Rico Verhoeven at the age of 24 has come such a long way, as just a few years ago he was extremely kick-heavy and fought a very wooden, stiff style. He is much more comfortable with his hands now and fights like an entirely different fighter. This fight could have gone two more rounds and no one would have complained and the action would have been just as good.
That says something.
Congratulations to Rico Verhoeven for securing his spot as the top Heavyweight in the world not named Semmy Schilt.Add a comment
My god. This has been an amazing night of fights so far, with lots of exciting bouts, big knockouts and some really solid action. The feature fight of the evening, Tyrone Spong vs. Nathan Corbett was set for just before the Heavyweight tournament finals and my god did it deliver. Both guys are extremely skilled and pack a lot of power. The first round saw a lot of crazy action, with Spong landing the better body shots.
Round two is where things changed a lot, as Spong landed a left hook that just flattened Corbett, only for Corbett to be able to respond to the count and get back up. As they were continuing to battle it was clear that Corbett wasn't completely recovered and another big shot put him down, with him unable to respond to the ref's count and the fight being stopped.
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Tonight at 9pm Eastern time GLORY 11 Chicago will be airing live on Spike TV. Pinch yourself, it's alright, we aren't judging. GLORY has graciously put up the weigh-in videos, so get your dosage of dudes in their skivvies having macho staredowns with each other before GLORY 11 goes down tonight. It's okay, we aren't judging, remember?Add a comment
I've been kind of lamenting upon this for a while now and what it comes down to today is that tonight something huge is happening for the sport of Kickboxing. Kickboxing has had a strange journey in the United States, with the sport, in various forms, appearing to the public over the years. You could argue that the fall of the PKA all of those years ago was the last chance that anyone would give Kickboxing here in the United States, but you'd be wrong. It sure looked that way for a long time, but tonight is just proof that the sport has a strange way of enduring.
It is impossible to imagine being here today without having K-1 as the flag-bearer for the sport for so many years. K-1 had two chances at appearing on Spike TV and two management teams were able to ensure that it never happened. For K-1 right now they are going through a rebuilding process and it looks like America is a distant memory, riddled with failures and missed opportunities. But tonight we get to see GLORY make its debut on Spike TV. Spike TV is without a doubt the biggest platform that Kickboxing has ever had within the United States and I'm just unsure of how to process this right now. Add a comment
This is what a lot of us have been waiting for; what will GLORY do with those "Super Fight Series" fights on their undercards? We spoke with them and found out that they'd be on their website, but it wasn't clear when they'd appear and if they'd cost money to watch or not. Well, today we stirred to find a nice surprise; the GLORY 10 undercard is up on their site and it is entirely free! That means that the fights that you missed can be viewed now on GLORY's website on demand for absolutely free while we get excited over GLORY 11 Chicago.
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This weekend in Chicago at GLORY 11, Tyrone Spong will step into the ring against Nathan "Carnage" Corbett, the man that he met back in 2009. While the fight was officially ruled a draw, Tyrone looks at it as a loss, as he had lost the fight before Carnage kept going after the bell, which changed the official outcome of the bout. Spong has a chance to once again prove that he's the best in the world at Light Heavyweight, but why not take a look back to when he won the right to call himself that?
This latest episode of King of the Ring shows what went down backstage for Spong.Add a comment
GLORY 11 Chicago goes down this weekend, yes, this weekend! Saturday, starting at 9pm Eastern time GLORY 11 Chicago will be on, delivering a Heavyweight tournament featuring the best Heavyweights in the world as well as Tyrone Spong vs. Nathan "Carnage" Corbett. The event will be broadcast in North America on Spike TV, which is a landmark event for us here in America. For those of you not lucky enough to live here in the US and get Spike TV, LiverKick has you covered, as we'll be once again carrying a live stream of the event, which can be ordered from anyone around the world, excluding the United States and ex-YU nations due to television rights.
The PPV will feature the main GLORY 11 fight card only as well.Add a comment
This video is both fascinating and frustrating, as Albie Hecht, the founder of Spike TV sits down to talk about how the deal between Spike TV and the UFC first came to be. As we all know, the UFC's deal with Spike TV happened and it opened up the market to MMA and helped to save the UFC from an untimely demise. The UFC and MMA in general might have never "boomed" if it weren't for the support of Spike TV.
What's the worst part as a Kickboxing fan? Knowing that it could have been K-1 instead, but that Ishii and K-1 in general back then kind of blew it by being as shady as we all knew that they were. This video is utterly fascinating in that Spike went FIRST to Japan to speak with K-1 before the UFC and that Ishii believing that Hecht insulted his geisha led to K-1 being more than just a Japanese brand and possibly the biggest combat sports brand in the world went up in smoke just like that.
As we've known, K-1 rarely thought about the American market in a serious way, as multiple K-1 USA heads (Scott Coker and Mike Kogan) have spoke about how shows in the US were geared towards Japanese audiences and television and more for saying that they ran shows in the US than to build up the brand and sport here in America. Even when both tried to build up K-1 in the USA, K-1 seemed disinterested in any money coming from the US. Just bonkers. We all do remember K-1 blowing it in China a few years ago, too, right? FIKA? Thanks to our old mothership for the discovery.Add a comment